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Provo, Utah (August 10, 2004) - On the first major ascent of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Nevada's veteran climber Dominique Perras made clear that he belongs among the race's elite contenders as he finished 10th in the stage and moved up to 8th overall.

After watching some early attacks on the lower slopes of the nearly 20-mile climb to the 9,345-foot summit of the Mt. Nebo loop, Perras opted to stay with a group that included race leader Chris Wherry (Toyota-United) and stage winner Scott Moninger (Health Net-Maxxis).

Dominique Perras on Mt. Nebo
"Then Moninger attacked three times and I followed him," Perras recounted, "and the fourth time he went I was in the red, and Chris Wherry, Cesar Grajales, and Jeff Louder caught me.

"Then Louder jumped across to the leaders [Moninger and Navigators' Burke Swindlehurst and Glen Chadwick] and we picked up a few guys who attacked earlier on the climb."

Nearing the top of the climb, Perras' group included Wherry, Navigators' Grajales and Phil Zajicek, Jonathan Garcia (Team Einstein's) and David Rodriguez (BMC Racing).

After an attack by Rodriguez with 3 kilomters to go, Perras followed and was clear of the group, but - with the finish line coming unexpectedly after a short descent - he was caught just before the line.

Now sitting behind two Health Net-Maxxis riders (Louder and Moninger), two Navigators (Chadwick and Swindlehurst), Toyota-United's Wherry, and two more Navigators (Grajales and Sergey Lagutin), Perras is comfortable with his overall position with two stages to go.

"I'm in a perfect spot to hopefully take advantage of infighting between Health Net, Navigators, and Toyota-United," noted the former Canadian national champion. Nevada's Jesse Anthony, who started the day once again the KOM leader's jersey that he earned on the first stage, rode within himself on the climb and finished 18th on the stage, moving up to 16th overall.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues tomorrow with a tough 42-mile circuit race in downtown Salt Lake City followed by the 85-mile Snowbird Road Race with 12,000 feet of climbing.

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